Negro Colleges in Wartime
- Publication date
- ca. 1944
- Public Domain
- Digitizing sponsor
- U.S. Office of War Information
Needed for war production, African-Americans are shown being trained and educated at traditionally Black colleges.
African-American soldiers and sailors in uniform on campus. Aircraft flying classes. African-American students and scientists in laboratories. African-American women taking an automotive repair class are shown changing a car tire. Unusual footage of African-American women in laboratories, engineering study and other science/technical fields; also farm management. African-Americans involved in the study of agricultural production and animal husbandry are shown. Study of meteorology, the chemistry of explosives, medicine, radio communications, surveying and topography.
Booker T. Washington (statue)
- Closed captioning
- United States
- ca. 1944
- Run time
Subject: Oh god, "The Emperor of Television" is posting another of his useless reviews. This is not good
In order for me to post this review, I watched this short film. It's no better and no worse than I was expecting it to be.
Subject: Take out "Negro" and what do you get?
Subject: Refined Propaganda
On the one hand, this film gives me the joy to see Black people of my parents' generation engaged in intelligent and socially responsible activities. These everyday Negroes are rarely seen in popular images of the time. On the other hand, so much promise is imbued in the narration's subtext: Promise of winning the war; Promise of being equal citizens. But the producer wasn't foolish enough to make explicit promises so no one could hold the producer to its word.
The military produced the film to recruit Negroes into the service. Period.
Subject: Negro Colleges in Wartime